Social Action Summer Institute (SASI)

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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who made the 2023 Social Action Summer Institute (SASI), which took place in-person at Emory University in Atlanta, GA from July 12-15 a success!  This year’s theme was Out of the Shadows: Shining a Light on Human Trafficking.  Programming emphasized the various facets of human trafficking, including sex, labor and migrant trafficking, as well as how the Catholic Church, people of faith and/or community organizations respond to this pro-life issue.

Roundtable is especially grateful to the event sponors: The Aquinas Center at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Offices of Justice, Peace, and Human Development and Migration and Refugee Services.

Below includes the participant resources that are available:

  1. Photos
  2. Participant List
  3. Presentations (*slides are included below in the Schedule of Events)
  4. Prayer Resources

Schedule of Events

Below is a draft schedule, but please note that it is subject to change. 


Tuesday, July 11

8:00 - 11:00 AM - Registration and Check-in 

11:30 AM - Bus departs Emory with boxed lunches

12:00 - 2:00 PM - National Center for Civil and Human Rights

2:30 PM - The King Center and Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

3:00 PM - Reflection and closing prayer service by Exec. Pastor Vaughan at Ebenezer Baptist Church


Wednesday, July 12

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM -  Registration and Check-in 

12:00 - 2:00 PM - Exhibitor Set-Up

3:00 PM -   Opening Liturgy with Fr. Urey P. Mark, Campus Ministry & Chaplain, Atlanta University Center (AUC) - Lyke House/Georgia State University

4:30 PM - Opening Keynote Address, Shining Like the Sun: Human Dignity & Catholic Social Teaching, by Mr. Gregory Hillis, Executive Director, Aquinas Center

6:30 PM - Dinner at Lyke House

Thursday, July 13

7:30 - 9:30 AM - Breakfast

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM - Exhibit Hall open

8:30 AM - Opening Prayer sponsored by Catholic Charities USA

9:00 AM - 2023 Harry A. Fagan Award Presentation honoring the US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking sponsored by Catholic Relief Services

9:30 AM - Plenary Presentation, A Look at Modern Day Slavery, by Mr. Jeff Hancock, Director of Minsitry Partnerships, North American Partner Programs, International Justice MIssion.  

10:15 AM - Break

10:45 - 11:30 AM - Plenary Presentation, Slavery in the Land of the Free, by Ms. Theresa Flores, SOAP International

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 - 2:15 PM - Workshops Round A

2:15 - 2:45 PM - Break

2:45 - 3:30 PM - Plenary Presentation, A Look at Labor Trafficking, by Ms. Alia El-Sawi, Victim Assistance Specialist, Department of Homeland Security

3:30 - 4:00 PM - Break

4:00 - 5:15 PM - Workshops Round B

5:15 - 6:00 PM - Break

6:30 - 8:00 PM - Offsite dinner

Friday, July 14
7:30 - 9:30 AM - Breakfast

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM - Exhibit Hall open

8:30 AM - Opening Prayer sponsored by Catholic Charities USA

9:00 - 9:45 AM - Plenary Presentation, Human Trafficking and Hardened Borders, by Mr. Dylan Corbett, Hope Border Institute

9:45 - 10:15 AM - Break

10:15 - 11:30 AM Workshops Round C

  • How Can Corporations Impact Human Trafficking? by Mr. Christopher Cox, Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility; Ms. Julie Tanner, Christian Brothers Investment Services

  • Addressing Online Sexual Exploitation of Children from a Faith-Based and Evidence-Based Perspective by Ms. Brooke Ruffin, Street Grace

11:30 - 1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 PM - Catholic Campaign for Human Development programming

2:30 - 3:00 PM - Break

3:00 - 4:30 PM - Exploring Connections: Climate Change, Hunger and Conflict, Catholic Relief Services' Experiential Learning Programming facilitated by Ms. Beth Knobbe, Catholic Relief Services

4:30 - 4:45 PM - Break

4:45 - 6:15 PM - Roundtable Members Meeting

6:30 PM - Dinner on your own in Atlanta

8:30 PM - Optional movie night on campus, Wind River

Saturday, July 15

6:30 - 8:30 AM - Breakfast

7:00 - 8:45 AM - Checkout for those with morning departures

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Exhibit Hall open

8:45 AM - Prayer Labyrinth closes

9:00 - 10:30 AM - Closing prayer service

11:00 - 11:30 AM - Closing Remarks

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM - Checkout for those with afternoon departures


The Social Action Summer Institute titled, The Spirituality of Justice featured presenters and workshops touching on spiritual advocacy, accountability, justice, and more. On behalf of the board of directors, we thank you for your participation at thisyear's event. Below are the recordings, excerpts, and resources that are now available for your use. 


Social media excerpts from the opening keynote by the Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz, Diocese of El Paso

Video presentation of Magisterium of the People: The Story of the People's Pastoral from the Catholic Committee of Appalachia 


Keynote, Dialogue and Encounter: Spiritual Prerequisites for Social Action in our World Day by Mr. Sebastian Gomes, America Media

Presentation, Loyola Institute for Ministry survey results on The Status of Catholic Social Teaching by Dr. Tom Ryan, Loyola Institute for Ministry, Loyola University of New Orleans

Catholic Campaign for Human Development Panel Presentation facilitated by Juan Aranda, CCHD Area D Grant Specialist and featuring the following organizations: 

    • Ostara Initiative
    •  Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha
    • Elpis Enterprises
    • Catholic Labor Network


Keynote, Justice as Balm, Organizing as a Bridge: Synodal Call to Repair the Tapestry of Community by Ms. Ogechi Akalegbere, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Gaithersburg, MD



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SASI 2021 Recordings and Resources

August 2021 - Virtual SASI 2021 titled, Mercy and Mental Health: Strengthening Our Pastoral Response, ran from Wednesday, July 14 through Thursday, July 15.  It was the first time that SASI was offered in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) thanks to our sponsors.  Recordings and resources wil be available on this page until October 1, and then they will be archived in the Members Area of the website.

agosto de 2021 - SASI virtual 2021 titulado, Misericordia y salud mental: Fortalecando nuestra respuesta pastoral, se desarrolló desde el miércoles 14 de julio hasta el jueves 15 de julio. Fue la primera vez que SASI se ofreció en inglés, español y lenguaje de señas estadounidense gracias a nuestros patrocinadores. Las grabaciones y los recursos estarán disponibles en esta página hasta el 1 de octubre y luego se archivarán en el Área de miembros del sitio web.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 (*All times EASTERN!)

Thursday, July 15, 2021 (*All times EASTERN!)

Resources from Virtual SASI 2020 

Virtual SASI, Combating Racism: Transforming Words into Action took place virtually on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Programming began with an opening spiritual reflection by the Most Rev. Shelton J. Fabre, bishop, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux and chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Workshops followed, and the afternoon concluded with a short prayer service.  Please see the Members Area for recordings and resources. 

Resources from SASI 2019 

All resources are availabe in the Members Area of the website. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors who work to make this event possible!

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